Thursday, March 14, 2013

Girl, Look at that Ombre.

So, I hope you all know that you are so not helpful.

I still love you, but you guys were split EXACTLY down the middle about what color to paint the damn vine.

First, I'd like to apologize to the 3 people who liked neither option, but I couldn't really leave it plywood, now could I?

And because you all left me with no direction...I ombred that shit.

I suppose you want to know how to DIY that, huh?

I am just pleased as punch with this project as I've done it ALL myself (with the exception of making Nate hold it against the wall for me) so I can give you all the nitty gritty here.

So yesterday we talked about how we cut our shape out of some plywood. While Nate was at school last night, I brought the pieces and our sawhorses inside so I could watch musicals while I painted. Here's how it rocked and rolled.

Step 1: Paint the bottom 1/3 of your piece your darkest color feathering out(I did this right out of the paint sample as to not waste another paper plate- and we used "Pencil" by Martha Stewart)

Step 2: Paint your top 1/3 of your piece your lightest color (Again, right out of the paint sample, ours was the base white feathering out.

Step 3: On your first paper plate, pour a heap of your darkest color and a smidge of white. Mix using a new brush. Paint a section coming up off of your darkest color. When your brush is mostly empty, feather into the darker color. (Shade 2)

Step 4: Blend as needed.

Step 5: Take half of the paint that you blended for Shade 2 and put it on a new plate.

Step 6: Add more white to Shade 2. This is now Shade 3.

Step 7: Because we had a cut in the middle of our piece, we used Shade 3 on both pieces (the top of one and the bottom of the other) Repeat the blending and feathering process.

Step 8: Continue mixing shades until you reach your lightest color making sure to feather as you go.

Let your project dry and you will have a fantastic ombre!

It sat leaning against the wall patiently waiting for Nate to get home (me not so patiently)

A few nails later and some touch up paint and it was up!

As it was super late when I took this picture, I will post whole room pictures when the sun is up :)

May the power of the ombre be with you.

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  1. Ooh, I'm glad we weren't helpful, because what you came up with on your own is awesome! go beanstalk! the yellow looks really good against that dark paint.

    1. Thanks, Gretchen! Next time you guys could help a girl out though ;)

  2. That looks great! I had no idea how to ombre

    1. I hope you're inspired to try! If you give it a go please send me pictures!

  3. Oh girl, such a great idea to do ombre! I lurrrve how it turned out. And woot woot!! to your bad ass self for doing this all on your own!!

    1. Oh Girl.... I love how it disappears into the crown molding. I smile every time I walk by it! :)

  4. This is awesome! Ombre was a sick idea, I LOVE a good ombre! X

  5. Well - that's what we were TRYING to tell you, but without having ombre as an option, all we could do was split the vote and hope you figured it out!!! LOL

    It looks awesome!!!


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